The Past Speaks.
June 18, 1992
After passing what was described as a "very comprehensive testing process" by Police Chief Michael McAuliffe, Boylston Detective Dennis Minnich joined the West Boylston Police Department. Minnich had been a full-time officer since 1988, and a detective since 1991.
Also added to the West Boylston Police Department's full-time roster was Officer James Dugan, a native of the town who had served as a dispatcher, firefighter, and part-time police officer.
Legislators from several districts, including Senator Arthur Chase, filed a bill to amend the recently passed Cohen Watershed Protection Act. The amendment was meant to return some rights to landowners, while still addressing the primary cause of pollution to the Wachusett Reservoir - failing septic systems - by creating sewers in certain areas, including West Boylston.
The Peer Assistance Program at Tahanto was credited with organizing the second annual lock-in at the school. With the help of donations from local businesses, students were locked in the school overnight as a chance to say goodbye to classmates before the summer break. According to student reports from the night, the "undisputed winner" of the three-point basketball contest was Tom Flanagan.
With summer approaching, the Boylston School District released some numbers from the just ending school year: The school of 258 students had seen 111 parent-volunteers donate around 2,000 hours during the year, both in the classroom and on field trips. Much credit was being given to Volunteer Coordinator Linda Bancroft, in her second year of organizing parent-volunteer efforts.
Tahanto's Alex Tereshko and West Boylston High's Kerri Hubbard were honored with the Allmerica Financial Outstanding Business Student Award.
The results of the statewide Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl were in and students from Major Edwards Elementary School placed in the top 12 of several dozen schools tested on math, science, social studies and English language arts. Fifth-graders placing third included: Tim Curran, Kelly DeWitt, Heidi Peterson, Jonathan Pearlin, Sarah Buckley, Nicola Craver, Seamus Donoghue, Mark McCaffrey, Won Sullivan, Shawn O'Neil, Jessica Smola and Brieana LaVigne. Sixth-graders placing 12th included: Chris Noonan, Rob Baker, Matt Hopper, Josh Swalec, Mike Grimes, Sarah Pitt, Molly Sullivan, Brandon Peterson, Ryan Shaughnessy and Peter Stratton.
10 years ago
June 13, 2002
About 40 West Boylston residents attended a Parks Commission meeting to oppose a plan to fell the Pine Grove behind Goodale Park to make way for practice fields. The residents preferred the area be left intact for passive recreation like walking.
Recent Tahanto graduate Sameer Godiwala was named the recipient of the Telegram and Gazette Achievers Award, announced at a brief ceremony at the Tahanto School Committee meeting.
Seventy-eight West Boylston High School students were honored at the third annual Honors breakfast at O'Connor's. The breakfast, sponsored by the PTA, recognized students who had remained on the honor roll for three of four quarters in the current school year.
West Boylston historian Edgar Whitcomb was named one of the Bay State Historical League's 2002 Local History Heroes for his commitment to a wide array of historical activities, including West Boylston' Historical Commission and Historical Society, of which he was vice-president.
One final goodbye was in store for eight recent Tahanto graduates, who got together with teacher Ellen Svenning, not as part of the class of 2002, but as the first students to have entered Tahanto's first-ever pre-school class 13 years earlier. They were: Ashley Francis, Erin Dunlavey, William Young, Tim Humphrey, Cathy Nedder, Adam Mack, Evan Tremblay and Courtney Mullen.
CUTLINE: The June 18, 1992 front page of The Banner introduced new West Boylston officer Dennis Minnich to town. The Boylston Detective and newly hired full-time officer James Dugan joined the department that week. Above, Haley Marchant was seen waiting for her sister to finish a kindergarten screening.